The G'Knight Ride is a celebration of cycling, and is meant for cyclists of all ages, sizes, and abilities. The Ride is a great excuse to dust off that old 10-speed, mountain bike, or cruiser and hop on with 3,000 other riders on a great evening tour.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Celebrating 6 Years of the Big Bike Thing! Bicycle Longmont is working hard to make this an even better G'Knight Ride in 2017! This year we have Greenways back open to ride, lots of awesome vendors, activities galore, and incredible bands for our post-Ride show! Events include a kids' festival, Pedalpalooza, three ride routes (1.5, 5.5, and 14 miles), an Expo pavilion, food from great food trucks, music, and a beer garden brought to you by Oskar Blues Brewery.
Begun seven years ago as the Big Bike Thing, our hope was to get more people out on bikes for the start of the summer - and to see them out riding all year long. What was intended to be a ride with 200 or cyclists, became a full-on festival that first year, with 1,200 riders and participants! Growing to 2,500+ riders, the G'Knight Ride is now one of the state's largest cycling events, and the 2nd largest family friendly cruiser ride (though we have to say our ride time is a little easier than Denver's awesome Midnight Ride).
Ride the streets and Greenways of Longmont with friends, family, and people you are meeting for the first time. Take your time and stop at a Rally Point along the route - no rush - just great fun!
What is in the name?
While we at Bicycle Longmont were crafting the Big Bike Thing, Oskar Blues was crafting Gordon, their Imperial red, one of their flagship brews. Well, they were "asked" to change the name of the highly hopped mutha by another brewing operation, that has Gordon in its name. Coming up with G'Knight, for the Gordon namesake, Gordon Knight, we thought there was a great fit. Let's make the Big Bike thing and evening ride, let's talk about Gordon, and let's feature Oskar Blues brews at this cool new event. And so, the G'Knight Ride was born. The partnership between Bicycle Longmont and Oskar Blues has stuck since, doing great on bikes!
Who was Gordon Knight?
A man like no other, much like the Oskar Blues Imperial red that came to celebrate him. Knight was a Nebraska native who earned a Purple Heart as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He moved to Boulder in 1988, and soon turned from home brewing to professional brewing. He also worked as a professional helicopter pilot, most often in firefighting. He was a hands on individual, a modest perfectionist.
In the 1990s, he won Great American Beer Festival gold medals at three local & legendary breweries he started: High Country Brewery in 1993 (Estes Park), Twisted Pine Brewing Co. in 1996 (Boulder) and Wolf Tongue Brewery in 1998 (Nederland).
Knight, 52, died on July 30th, 2002 after his helicopter crashed while he was fighting the Big Elk Meadows forest fire just outside of Oskar Blues Brewery's hometown of Lyons, Colorado. Knight, flying a 32-year-old French helicopter, was dropping water on hot spots in the 4,400-acre blaze for the Boulder Country fire department.
As the can says: "If you knew the man behind this liquid tribute, this beer needs no explanation. If you didn't we're sorry."
For more on Gordon Knight, please see A Beer Soaked Tribute to Gordon Knight.
What is Bicycle Longmont?
Bicycle Longmont is the area non-profit bicycle advocacy organization, dedicated to getting more people on bikes, more often. This tiny non-profit puts on events, rides, and classes, reaching out to almost 10,000 people each year, all in the name of cycling. We often work with the City of Longmont to make cycling better and more accessible in our community. As an all-volunteer organization, Bicycle Longmont puts on many activities each year, such as:
- Bike Night - Wednesday cruiser rides from Roosevelt Park. The oldest and biggest family-friendly cruiser ride in the state.
- Kids' Holiday Bike Program - Each winter, we refurbish and give away hundreds of bikes and new helmets to kids in need.
- Bike Parking & Valet - you can catch us at downtown events, the Farmers' Market, and many other places through the year.
For more on Bicycle Longmont, and how to get involved, please check out the website: www.BicycleLongmont.org.